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The Evictors

Around Moscow, there’s a whole industry of so-called “black creditors” — microfinance institutions (or MFOs) that swindle and seize debtors’ homes. Ivan Golunov’s investigation for Meduza has discovered that almost 500 apartments have been seized from their owners over the past five years without so much as a court order. In fact, this scheme involves more than simply “squeezing” people from their homes. It is possibly part of a wider, international money-laundering system. Here’s Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov on the ins and outs of this industry.

Protest in Putin’s Russia

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Guest:

Mischa Gabowitsch is member of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam Germany and a sociologist and contemporary historian specializing in the study of protest and social movements in Russia as well as Soviet war memorials. He is the author of Protest in Putin’s Russia published by Polity.

Music:

Rage Against the Machine, “Guerrilla Radio,” The Battle of Los Angeles, 1999.